Wednesday, October 2, 2013

how to live within your means: free haircuts


As I mentioned yesterday, living within your means doesn't necessarily mean being frugal and cheap. Not everyone is in a place where they need to pinch pennies. But it does mean being resourceful and being a good steward of the money and the things that the Lord has blessed you and your family with.

For us, it does mean being frugal, and for that reason a lot of what I write about over the next 31 days will be how we are thrifty and industrious, in hopes that the things we do can help someone in a similar situation. But, I promise, frugality won't be the only topic during this series. Ahh, I'm so excited about all the topics I get to share with you all this month.

Today, how we save money on haircuts.

When Ben was in the Marine Corps, he was required to get a fresh haircut every single weekend. In the town in which we lived, you could get a haircut from a decent barber for $10+ tip. I know that's pretty cheap. Since moving we've had a hard time finding a haircut for under $15, but closer to $20. That's ridiculous to me. Several years ago, in an effort to save $50 a month on haircuts, we spent less than that on a pair of hair clippers. And I spent a few hours watching youtube videos on how to cut a military fade. And like that, I was ready to cut Ben's hair.

Okay, not ready.

Thankfully my husband is a patient man. Each week, I attempted to cut his hair. The fade, the fade haunted me. People, it's hard! Sometimes he'd go to work and the guys would laugh at him. Sometimes he blamed it on the barber with the eye patch (seriously, that guy existed). But they always knew it was me. Over the course of time, I got better. And eventually I knew what I was doing.

I cut his hair for 4 years (minus deployments. although then he would take his clippers and the guys would cut each others' hair). If we calculate haircut costs at $50/month, that means we saved a total of $2400 on haircuts alone during that time.

To this day, I still cut his hair. Well, he mostly cuts it himself because we said goodbye to the fade a long time ago. He now just buzzes it the same length all over. I trim up the back and around his ears.

We also cut Isaac's hair at home too. He loves getting his hair cut when daddy does. He wants to be just like his daddy. I've never taken him to a barber for a haircut. I don't even want to know what that would cost and I would never pay someone to cut my boys' hair. Buzz cuts are perfect for little boys and so we'll stick to that.

And so, for now, haircuts around here are free. If you're wondering what I do about haircuts, I'm not sure I want to publicly admit that. I haven't had a haircut since last October. But I did buy a groupon recently for one. So hopefully I'll get to it soon. That's what I always do for my own hair: groupon, living social or amazon local. I'm not super picky about my hair and I rarely get it colored.

1 comment:

  1. Ugh, military-type fades are hard. To this day I don't like doing them. I cut hair for my husband and my relatives to earn a little side cash. I charge $10 for a haircut they get a haircut significantly cheaper than the going-rate in our town and we earn a couple dollars every now and then. And sometimes I say, hey, I'll cut your family's hair if you invite us over for dinner: they get free haircuts, I don't have to cook dinner and we get to spend time with our family. It's a good skill to have! Good for you for learning how from youtube videos and practice! The first time I took the clippers to my husband's head with no guard...I gave him a bald spot. :P